Free flix Tuesday nights at Callaghan’s (and more free fun)

Kudos to the restaurants, bars and coffee shops for their creative ideas to keep people coming through the doors.  Every time I turn around, there’s something new. Best of all, it’s free fun (although it’s very bad karma not to spend some $$$s while you’re there).  Continue reading

Bell Buckle, TN claims world’s largest MoonPie: June 19

First it was NOLA claiming to have started Mardi Gras. Now Bell Buckle is claiming the world’s largest MoonPie. Where will it end?  Someone needs to alert the Mobile Bay Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. Or at least Fred Richardson.

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Wiener dog races at the Hard Rock in Biloxi: March 20

What better way to spend a spring afternoon on the Gulf Coast? But this isn’t just any wiener dog race. First of all, it will be held at the Wet Spot, the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino’s pool and the perfect venue for a wiener dog race. It’s worth the trip just to hang out for free at a luxe hotel pool for a few hours. Plus this event is a fund-raiser for Coast Young Professionals. So you figure there’s going to be some pretty good sightseeing around the pool.

But wait, there’s more! You can have your picture taken with a giant wiener dog! Continue reading

Recycle Gras follow-up: how to melt your beads

Want to recycle your beads into a cool lamp like this? Below are detailed instructions from Mark Kirk of UP/Unique Products in New Orleans. I took UP’s Recycle Gras workshop at The Big Top this past Saturday and had a bon temps. Check my previous Recycle Gras post for other ideas on how to recycle your beads.

At the Recycle Gras workshop, the big kids (like me) created mosaics with glue (I’ll post my objet d’art when it’s finished). The little kids created nightlights using the technique below. This is a good (supervised) project for the kiddies.

I’m looking for more creative ideas on how to re-use Mardi Gras beads and other throws. Please post your ideas in comments below or email me at

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Bookies Event Alert

Fairhope author Angela Erwin will sign her latest kids’ book, Jumpin’ Jubilee, at Page and Palette on January 21 at 4 pm. For more information, visit the Page and Palette web site.

Can’t make it? You can also buy the book here on Amazon.